To The Snows of Tibet Through China - A. E. Pratt, F.R.G.S. 1892 - Longmans, London - First Edition A fine example of the first edition, with large folding map of Sze-Chuen Province with the routes taken in 1889-1890 outlined in colour, and illustrated throughout with 26 full page monochrome plates mostly from photographs of the journey and 6 full page plates of plant, fish, snakes and birds to the rear.

From the preface - ‘
It was not until after my return to Europe that the thought occurred to me of putting the notes of my experiences in China into the shape of a book, which is now presented to the reader. The work makes no pretension to be anything more than a straight forward,unvarnished account of trips into the very little known parts of China & Tibet.’

However, Pratt was in fact a renowned collector of plants insects and animals with several species named after him [Yakushi p290a] and one of the first European botanical collectors in Western China, preceding George Forrest and E.H.Wilson. The appendices list birds. reptiles, fishes, and Lepidoptera collected by the author. The book is dedicated to the distinguished entomologist J.H.Leech.
  Provenance: From the library at Halmer Grange, Stonegate, Spalding with blind stamp to front fly leaf and page 1.

Large octavo (book size 24.3x17.3cm), pp. [2] xviii 268. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, gilt vignette of pheasant (or partridge?) to upper board, black coated endpapers.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of light spotting to upper edge one or two pages and frontispiece tissue guard.   Ref: 110590   Price: HK$ 4,500